BUCKPORT, Maine (The Elsworth American) — Earlier this month, a Texas couple moved to Silver Lake Road with a very large 5-year-old. His name is Butch, and he is a 2,700-pound Clydesdale horse, but don’t let the size scare you.
“You’ll see they are just very giant puppy dogs,” said David Doane, who takes care of Butch, six other horses, a mule and a cat along with his wife, Michelle Rhodes. The whole bunch moved to Bucksport from Texas earlier this month. “They would sit in your lap if they could figure out how to.”
Clydesdales are a large breed of horse used originally for pulling plows or hauling coal. Today the breed is famous for its appearance in Budweiser beer commercials, but it also plays a troubled role in the production of an estrogen-rich drug called Premarin, which is used to treat symptoms of menopause.
Premarin is made of the estrogen found in pregnant mare urine and, considering their size, Clydesdale mares produce a lot of urine. Several pharmaceutical companies put thousands of Clydesdale mares in pens, where they stayed for months at a time and urinated into bags. Once the mares delivered their foals, most of the foals were sold for slaughter, their meat shipped to consumers in Europe and Asia.
“It’s a nasty business,” Rhodes said. “They sell the babies to slaughter if people don’t adopt them.” Continue reading »
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David Doane smiles at Butch, one of his and his wife Michelle Rhodes’ seven horses. The gang, which also includes one mule and one cat, moved to Bucksport from Texas earlier this month. The Elsworth American.
PHOTO BY DAVID ROZA.
After a tumultuous week let’s look at something that makes us feel good. With the Super Bowl just around the corner it’s time to think Clydesdale horses and some of the best ads ever.
Budweiser are not giving much away this year. But they will tell us this much:
“As per tradition, we know that parent-company Anheuser-Busch has purchased some ad slots in Super Bowl LI. This will be their 29th year in the Big Game!
“And while there won’t be any puppies this year, the Clydesdales will be back! The Budweiser Super Bowl LI commercial was filmed in New Orleans which is where the company’s founder, Adolphus Busch, first arrived to in America.”
In the meantime, here are the Clydesdales and Purina in action helping out in a big, big way. If this doesn’t warm the cockles of your heart, nothing will.
We polled our staff to help pick our all time favorite this one squeaked by to win.
Which one is your favorite? Perhaps this one?
Do you wish you could watch every Budweiser Super Bowl commercial? The Florida-Times Union has links to them all. Go to this page, scroll down to the end of the article and you will see the years 1998 through 2016 listed. Click on the year to watch that year’s commercial.
Coming soon. What’s a Super Bowl without its famous commercials and loads of delicious snacks?
We have some vegan recipes coming up for Super Bowl entertaining that the most dedicated omnivore will eagerly dig into. Stay tuned. Follow us!
Budweiser announced they will air a new Clydesdale commercial during this year’s Super Bowl coverage.
Word is it features the famous horses and a whole lot of puppy love.
Do you remember last year’s Budweiser Clydesdale Super Bowl commercial?
Okay, now you are primed and ready, here is this year’s Budweiser Clydesdale Super Bowl Ad.
Does it top last year’s? I don’t know, but it’s a good ‘un.
Special shout out to our fabulous feature writer Jane — you are going to love this.
— Journey to the Super Bowl: Clydesdale training clips, Oct. 18, 2012
Okay, get your hankies out. Here is this year’s Budweiser Super Bowl ad featuring the beloved Clydesdale horses.
IN THE NEWS
ST. LOUIS – Budweiser has launched its first-ever Twitter account.
The iconic brand marked the occasion with another “first” involving the Budweiser Clydesdales – tweeting the first photo of a member of the elite “Budweiser Clydesdales Class of 2013,” a beautiful 150-pound baby born the morning of Jan. 16. It was the brand’s first-ever Tweet.
Using #clydesdales, Budweiser also is asking Twitter followers of @Budweiser and Facebook friends to help name the young equine star, who will be seen by an estimated 110+ million viewers this Sunday during Super Bowl XLVII.
“This newest member of the Budweiser Clydesdale family was 7 days old on the day this part of the Super Bowl commercial was filmed,” said Jeff Knapper, general manager of Clydesdale operations. “A star was truly born on Jan. 16.”
More than 30 baby Clydesdales are expected to be born this year at the 300-acre Warm Springs Ranch, the state-of-the-art breeding facility for the Budweiser Clydesdales in Boonville, Mo. Read more at KVOA.com >>
BUDWEISER CLYDESDALE TRIVIA
— Journey to the Super Bowl: Clydesdale training clips; Tuesday’s Horse; Oct. 18, 2012
— The History of the Draft Horse; Tuesday’s Horse; Sept. 9, 2012
— Horses never forget human friends; Tuesday’s Horse; Mar. 19, 2010